03.20.2014 - 04.07.2014

Wayne Mcara
Ulrica Trulsson


In an exhibition that brings together a diverse group of Australian and South East Asian ceramic artists, Heatwave serves to articulate an element of commonality among difference. In Australia, the announcement of a forthcoming heatwave triggers a collective groan and a certain degree of fear, as the population prepares for endless days of dry blistering heat and the ever present threat of bush fires. A heatwave in the Philippines is a different experience but one of equal intensity; long days of extreme humidity and the inescapable heavy thickness of the air, often followed by devastating typhoons. Blackouts, brownouts, cities on hold, in both localities the onset of a heatwave forces a change of pace as populations must adapt and respond as best they can. 

To take clay from the earth and alter it, form it, fire it, and impose upon it one's own vision may seem like an act of domination, a conquest. But in fact, to work in this medium one must go to great lengths to understand and respond to the clay, the heat, and the fire. Just as we are forced to adapt and respond to extreme heat, deadly typhoons and raging bushfires, working with clay is a process of adaption based upon knowledge and understanding of the medium. This process is demonstrated through the range of techniques used by the artists in this exhibition. The exhibition incorporates a number of firing methods, such as wood, gas, and open pit firing. Furthermore, the artists' approach to working with temperature, kiln atmospheres, and skill in firing, profoundly influence the overall visual quality of the work.

My Garden
03.20.2014 - 04.07.2014

Tessy Pettyjohn

Following her last exhibit “Aianthous,” Tessy Pettyjohn continues her investigation of natural forms in stoneware and porcelain. My Garden indulges the viewer in an overwhelming collection of flora that resembles forms taken from corals and cacti.

Pettyjohn unveils her own interpretation of nature, filled with budding pieces that boast intricate patterns on its surfaces. Through high fired stoneware and porcelain ceramics, Pettyjohn continues to experiment with the plasticity of clay with works that present her modest, yet complex design and creating a rife garden of her own.

Clay Vibrance
03.20.2014 - 04.07.2014

Alvin Tan Teck Heng

My latest series of works, Clay Vibrance, portrays new energies and vibrations that I experienced while making pottery in the Philippines. Being in a new place, while working with the country’s top potters, has filled me with fresh ideas and a renewed sense of enthusiasm.

I have frequently visited this place for my friends’ exhibitions, and have recently conducted a workshop at the University of the Philippines. During my entire stay, I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent producing and partaking in the firing sessions.

Its serene environment has been very conducive to creating. Whenever I work here, I feel encouraged to produce, innovate, and advance my craft.

The success of the show wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my potter friends, Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn, as well as Pablo Capati III, who has warmly welcomed me into his home. Their high level of creativity, a sign of hope and growth for the arts, has completely impressed me.  I also want to send my gratitude to my friends and the entire artists community, who have been extremely generous with their knowledge.

There is a vibrant pottery scene in the Philippines. Pulsating with energy, its future is undeniably bright and full of hope. I have witnessed lively and open exchanges among potters, collectors, and cultural workers. Indeed, there is a great appreciation of pottery in the Philippines, which is a huge motivation for its artists. This is what I hope to emulate and celebrate in my new pieces.


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